Training for Students and Postdocs

The diverse and broad range of research at the forefront of neuroscience in the “Lac Leman” (Lake Geneva) area offers doctoral students and postdocs an excellent training in numerous fields of neuroscience, affective science, neuroengineering and neurocomputation.

Three Doctoral Programs in Neuroscience

Three PhD programs allow doctoral candidates to work in a unique research environment with internationally renowned scientists. In more than 150 laboratories, which are equipped with state-of-the art facilities for basic and human clinical research, a wide range of techniques and methodologies is provided and the possibility for basic, interdisciplinary as well as translational research. 

Currently, more than 200 doctoral students from about 30 different countries are performing their PhD thesis in our laboratories.


The Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School (LNDS) is an inter-institutional PhD Program and offers training ranging from cellular and molecular to cognitive, clinical and computational neurosciences. The participating groups are located at the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva, and at the University Hospitals of Lausanne (CHUV) and Geneva (HUG).

The EPFL PhD Program in Neuroscience (EDNE) offers training from the genetic to the behavioural level including molecular and cellular, cognitive, computational and neuroprosthetic neurosciences.

The Doctoral Program in Biotechnology and Bioengineering (EDBB) provides doctoral students with the education necessary to be leaders in the fast-growing industrial and academic biotechnology and bioengineering sectors. Students gain a depth of knowledge and competence in their specific research area as well as a breadth of knowledge in biology, bioengineering and biotechnology.

These programs provide students with broad background knowledge in neuroscience and laboratory based research. They cooperate to offer to its participants common courses, an annual retreat, several local research symposia, seminars and lectures.

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Master Programs

Our Institutions provide several Master Programs:

The Master in Life Sciences Engineering at EPFL trains young scientists to acquire a deep understanding of the biological context and engineering aspects of development of new technologies in Life Sciences. Specializations in Neuroscience and Neuroengineering allow students to deepen their knowledge in experimental neuroscience, computational neuroscience and neurotechnology, aiming to understand the links between brain function and behavior as well as brain disorders, therapies and neuroprosthetics.

The Master in Neuroscience at the Geneva University Neurocenter is an interdisciplinary neuroscience program offering courses from three faculties : Medicine, Psychology and Educational Sciences and Science.

The Department of Fundamental Neurosciences teaches Neurosciences at the undergraduate level within the Master Programs of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne. Teaching focuses on Fundamental and Translational Neuroscience.

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